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Message 21 - posted by on_a_pc_near_you, Mar 31, 2008

Do you think that maybe people who never go over the speed limit have one of these in their cars....

speed camera detectors..how else can they never get caught??


www.myvehicle.co.uk/...
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Message 22 - posted by VeryTrue, Mar 31, 2008

Yet another good reason for the horsebox; none of those little gizmos is going to save smug criminal gadget boy from getting caught speeding by it.
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Message 23 - posted by on_a_pc_near_you, Mar 31, 2008

If it is not about the money why don't they just park a police car there??
That will slow people down..
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Message 24 - posted by VeryTrue, Mar 31, 2008

Because speed cameras are much more effective when incompetent motorists who struggle to drive at a sensible speed don't know where the cameras are: much better to keep them below the speed limit because there might be a camera hidden inside each lamp post rather than letting them continue their incompetent way and just slam on the anchors whenever they see a flash of yellow or a police car.

And ask yourself this: if they were about making money, why bother with the points on the licence and why not make the fine a more seriously money-making amount, like 500?
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Message 25 - posted by VeryTrue, Mar 31, 2008

So, basically, there is no answer to the question of why a speed camera hidden in a horsebox differs from any other covert police stakeout.

Unless you want to show your true colours and claim that speeding isn't really a crime.

In which case, I will once again point out that Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 states very clearly and simply that

A person who drives a motor vehicle on a road at a speed exceeding a limit imposed by or under any enactment to which this section applies shall be guilty of an offence.

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So, it is an offense under an Act of criminal law. Or a crime, as it is more commonly known. If you don't like it, lobby to get the law changed: in the meantime, the police are doing their job by enforcing it.
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Message 26 - posted by on_a_pc_near_you, Mar 31, 2008

Because they like it little but often??



why not make the fine a more seriously money-making amount, like 500?

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Message 27 - posted by VeryTrue, Mar 31, 2008


Because they like it little but often??

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In that case, surely giving out points is a big mistake: the fine may not put anyone off, but everyone except the dimmest boy racer slows down by the time he gets to 9 points. And if he really is that dim then he gets a ban, and there's the source of revenue lost for years.

A single 500 fine would raise a lot more money than catching the same motorist enough times to lose his licence at 60 a go, so it would make a lot more money. And with no points you catch the same loser again and again and make a fortune.

Or. alternatively, maybe speeding tickets are more to do with road safety than making money.
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Message 28 - posted by Junk2Rubbish, Mar 31, 2008

Or. alternatively, maybe speeding tickets are more to do with road safety than making money.

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Although I agree that speeding tickets are promoted as having more to do with road safety, I suspect their effectiveness is hugely beefed up in order to maintain an income to the treasury.

Where are the statistics showing road deaths have gone down so drastically?
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Message 29 - posted by VeryTrue, Mar 31, 2008


Although I agree that speeding tickets are promoted as having more to do with road safety, I suspect their effectiveness is hugely beefed up in order to maintain an income to the treasury.

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So, if they are designed to make money, why not make them a lot more than 60? Surely even those who are dissuaded from speeding because of the threat of a ticket behave themselves because of the points, not because of the threat of a fine that costs about the same as a tank of petrol. So, why not double or triple the fine, and double or triple the revenue, if that really is the primary aim.

Or maybe it isn't.
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